Lexmark Genesis Review

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 7
    • Print Quality
    • 7
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 6
    • Features
    • 7
    • Operational Costs
    • 3
    • Total Score:
    • 6.33
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Overview

  • Pros

    • Flash Scan Technology
    • Web-connected, SmartSolutions
    • Simple paper path
  • Cons

    • Not compatible with 105XL cartridge
    • High initial cost for an inkjet
    • Over processed photos

When Lexmark unveiled the Genesis late in 2010, I was a bit perplexed at first because the Genesis looked nothing like any inkjet printer I’ve ever reviewed, or for that matter, seen.

The unique vertical design is only part of the mystique Lexmark would like to build around the latest addition to their SOHO lineup released for purchase last week. The Genesis also offers Lexmark’s new Flash Scan technology which uses a 10-megapixel imaging sensor that allows the device to convert a document to digital in three seconds according to Lexmark.

Read on to find out how the new Lexmark Genesis performed during our tests and whether it lived up to the high standards of the Lexmark Prestige and Pinnacle All-in-One printers we reviewed in the past.

BUILD AND DESIGN
The Lexmark Genesis features a unique design not seen with any previously reviewed inkjet all-in-one printer. It stands upright, with the scanner lid opening out as opposed to opening up.

It’s dimensions during non-use are approximately 17 x 15 x 13 inches; extend the paper tray and the dimensions are closer to 17 x 15 x 18 inches. Either way, with its upright posture, the Genesis has a compact footprint perfect for a desktop.

The 4.3-inch LCD touchscreen is found on the center of the front panel (also known as the scanner lid). The panel automatically turns dark after a period of non-use, dropping energy use significantly (at least for an inkjet printer).

Flip open the front panel and find the 8.5 x 11.7 inch flatbed scanner, which employs Lexmark’s brand new Flash Scan Technology. The Flash Scan Technology features a 10-megapixel imaging sensor that allows for instant scan previews and can convert a document to digital in 3 seconds according to Lexmark’s website.

Scan-to features include SmartSolutions, e-mail, memory card/USB flash drive or a computer. Users can also use the quick Flash Scan Technology to send faxes or make copies.

Flip open the second panel that surrounds the output tray beneath the top front panel/scanner lid to access four individual ink cartridges (CMYK). The Genesis is compatible with both the standard capacity 100 cartridges (included in the original packaging) and the high capacity 100XL cartridges. Much to my dismay, Lexmark did not choose to include the Genesis in its group of web-connected printers compatiable with the 105XL black ink cartridge priced at only $4.99.

On the right side of the Genesis, users will find the built-in card reader with a USB/PictBridge. The Genesis is compatible with the following media: SD, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard and xD card.

 

On the back of the Lexmark Genesis, users will find the rest of the connections as well as the 100-sheet rear feeding paper tray. The paper tray for the Genesis has paper sensors alerting users to change paper style on the 4.3-inch touchscreen.

Want to see the Lexmark Genesis in action? Watch our hands-on video now!


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